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[–] Doomking_Grimlock 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

At that point though, are you really believing in "religion" as it's currently understood? it sounds more to me like you've found a heroic archetype you wish to exemplify. To me, that has slightly different connotations to it than blind religious faith. To my mind, religion is an immutable truth: the belief that the universe functions in a very specific way, and any deviation from that truth is heresy. Your interpretation suggests that you've found merit in certain ideas presented by the religious narrative, but you've come to these conclusions through your own interpretation of the information presented. I'm probably not explaining myself very well, but the way I see it, you can find value in something without buying into it wholesale. Hitchens might have been against the idea of gods entirely, but the way I see it, there's a lot of merit in religion on a moral level. While Hitchens wanted to do away with Religion entirely, I mostly just want to see people be a little more flexible in their interpretation of it. Allah says kill all the heathens, God says don't eat Shellfish, Jesus says turn the other cheek. I say you can't kill people just because you disagree with them, crawdads are fucking delicious, and you've only got two cheeks: at some point you gotta say enough is enough and kick a motherfucker's ass.

While I'm sure Hitchens would disagree, from my point of view the problem is not religion itself, but the blind adherence to codes of behavior that no longer work in our modern society, or never worked to begin with.


[–] mmmmmm10101 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Religion has never been a succinct set of rules, just a way to get people to follow a set of ideals. In this way, it works; but only as a way to get people to do the things they're supposed to. By taking it at face value, they're missing the point. You have to have a current, cultural context to the words you're reading. You hit the nail on the head.